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Dr. M.Manjunath

Principal Scientist (Agril. Microbiology}

Education : Ph.D. in Microbiology
Major research areas : Plant beneficial microorganisms, Plant microbe interactions
E-mail : m.manjunath@icar.gov.in

Experience profile
  • Joined as ARS Scientist in April, 2010.
  • Worked as a Scientist at ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi from August, 2010 to May, 2016.
  • Started working at ICAR-CRIDA, Hyderabad from 20th May, 2016.
  • International Journals (10)
  • M. Manjunath, R. Prasanna, L. Nain, P. Dureja, R. Singh, A. Kumar, S. Jaggi and B. D. Kaushik 2010. Biocontrol potential of cyanobacterial metabolites against damping off disease caused by Pythium aphanidermatum in solanaceous vegetables. Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection 43 (7):666-677.
  • M. Manjunath, R. Prasanna, P. Sharma, L. Nain, R. Singh 2011. Developing PGPR consortia using novel genera Providencia and Alcaligenes along with cyanobacteria for wheat. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science 57 (8):873-887.
  • M. Manjunath, A. Kanchan, K. Ranjan, S. Venkatachalam, R. Prasanna, B. Ramakrishnan, F. Hossain, L. Nain, Y. S. Shivay, A. B. Rai and B. Singh 2016. Beneficial cyanobacteria and eubacteria synergistically enhance bioavailability of soil nutrients and yield of okra. Heliyon e00066: 1-28.
  • M. Manjunath, A. Singh, A. N. Tripathi, R. Prasanna, A. B. Rai and B. Singh 2017. Bioprospecting the fungicides compatible Trichoderma asperellum isolate effective against multiple plant pathogens in vitro. Journal of Environmental Biology 38 (4): 553-560.
  • M. Manjunath, R. B. Yadava, A.B. Rai and B. Singh 2017. Microbiological analysis of fresh amaranthus from organic and conventional production. International Food Research Journal 24 (3): 950-954.
  • M. Manjunath, U. Kumar, R. B. Yadava, A.B. Rai and B. Singh 2018. Influence of organic and inorganic sources of nutrients on the functional diversity of microbial communities in the vegetable cropping system of the Indo-Gangetic plains. Comptes Rendus Biologies 341(6): 349-357.
  • P. Holajjer, A. Kamra, H. S. Gaur and M. Manjunath 2013. Potential of cyanobacteria for biorational management of plant parasitic nematodes: a review. Crop Protection 53:147-151.
  • V. Venkataravanappa, C.N.L. Reddy, M. Manjunath, N.S. Chauhan and M.K. Reddy 2017. Detection, Characterization and in-Silico Analysis of Candidatus Phytoplasma Australasia associated with Phyllody Disease of Sesame. Advances in Plants and Agriculture Research 7(3): 00256. DOI: 10.15406/apar.2017.07.00256
  • Ch. Srinivasa Rao, S. Kundu, M. Grover, M. Manjunath, K.S. Sudhanshu, J.J. Patel, S.R. Singh, R.P. Singh, M.M. Patel, A. Arunachalam and S.K. Soam 2018. Soil enzymes in semi-arid and sub-humid rainfed agricultural systems as indicators of soil sustainability. Tropical Ecology 59 (1): 99–108.
  • S. Bodhankar, M. Grover, H. Sunaina, G. Reddy, S. Rasul, S.K. Yadav, S. Desai, M. Manjunath, M. Maheswari, Ch. Srinivasarao 2017. Maize seed endophytic bacteria: Dominance of antagonistic, lytic enzyme producing Bacillus spp. 3 Biotech 7: 232. doi:10.1007/s13205-017-0860-0
  • Indian Journals (3)
  • M. Manjunath, V. Venkataravanappa, A. N. Tripathi, A.B. Rai and B. Singh 2018. Characterization of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib.) de Bary infecting Cucurbita pepo L. in India and its interaction with Trichoderma asperellum. Indian Journal of Plant Protection. (In Press)
  • M. Loganathan, M. Manjunath, S. Saha, A. Kumar, A. B. Rai and B. Singh 2015. Comparative efficacy of different fungicides in the control of chilli anthracnose. Indian Journal of Plant Protection 43 (2):214-216.
  • A.N. Tripathi, K.K. Pandey, M. Manjunath, B.R. Meena, A.B. Rai and B Singh 2017. Morphological characterization, cross infectivity and chemo-sensitivity of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum isolates towards bio-agent and new molecules of fungicides. Vegetable Science 44 (1): 103-106.
  • Book Chapters (6)
  • M. Manjunath, S. Saha, V. Venkataravanappa and A. B. Rai 2015. Role of Soil Microbes In Sustainable Soil Health and Agricultural Production. In: Emerging Technologies of the 21st Century. (ed. A.K.Roy). New India Publishing Agency, 101, Vikash Surya Plaza, New Delhi-110034, India p.213-224. ISBN 978-93-83305-33-9:890p.
  • Manjunath 2015. Kadduvargiy sabjiyo me keet evam rog prabandhan In: Sabji pathshala (Vegetable school on AIR ) (eds. SNS chaurasia, N Singh, S. Roy and B singh). ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi. p. 52-53. ISBN 978-93-5196-871-9.
  • M. Manjunath, A.B. Rai and B. Singh 2016. Microbial Safety and Quality Assurance in Vegetables. In: Advances in Post-harvest technologies in vegetable crops. (eds. B. Singh, S. Singh and T. K. koley). Apple Academic Press, Waretown, USA p. 427-442. ISBN 978-1-315-16102-0
  • V. Venkataravanappa, S. Saha, M. Manjunath, B. Mahesha, M. Loganathan and A.B. Rai 2015. Major Viral Diseases of Cucurbits. In: Plant Pathology, Problems and Progress. (ed. P. C. Trivedi). Pointer Publishers, Jaipur, India p. 169-194.
  • C. Srinivasarao and M. Manjunath 2017. Potential of Beneficial Bacteria as Eco-friendly Options for Chemical-Free Alternative Agriculture. In: Plant-Microbe Interactions in Agro-Ecological Perspectives. (eds. D. Singh, H. Singh and R. Prabha). Springer, Singapore p.473-493. ISBN 978-981-10-6593-4
  • U. Kumar, P. Panneerselvam, V.S.R. G. Vadakattu, M. Manjunath, P. Priyadarshinee, A. Sahoo, S.R. Dash, M. Kaviraj and K. Annapurna 2018. Diversity of Sulfur-Oxidizing and Sulfur Reducing Microbes in Diverse Ecosystems. In: Advances in Soil Microbiology: Recent Trends and Future Prospects, Microorganisms for Sustainability 3. (eds. T.K. Adhya, B. Lal, B. Mohapatra, D. Paul and S. Das). Springer Nature, Singapore Pte Ltd. p. 65-90. ISBN 978-981-10-6178-3
  • Popular articles (5)
  • 1. M. Manjunath, S. Saha, M. Loganathan and A. B. Rai (2013). Diseases and insects in cucurbits: Menace and Management. Vatika from the seed and plant people 4: 6-7.
  • 2. V. Venkataravanappa, M. Manjunath, S. Saha, B. Mahesha and A.B. Rai (2015). Aptamers and their role in disease diagnosis. Everyman’s Science 1:18-25.
  • 3. K. K. Pandey, K. Nagendran, A.N. Tripathi, M. Manjunath, A. B. Rai and B. Singh (2016). Integrated disease management in vegetable crops. Indian Horticulture 61(1):66-68.
  • 4. R. B. Yadava, Sudhir Singh, T. D. Lama, Jaydeep Halder, Manjunath and C. Sellaperumal (2014). Organic farming for better quality and safe vegetable production VEGETABLE NEWSLETTER ICAR - Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi, JULY-DEC, VOL 1, ISSUE 1 p 8-9.
  • 5. T. D. Lama, R. B. Yadav, A. Bahadur and M. Manjunath (2014). Zero tillage for improvingenergy use efficiency in vegetable production system VEGETABLE NEWSLETTER, ICAR - Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi JULY-DEC, VOL 1, ISSUE 1 p9.
Symposia/conference attended
  • National (5)
  • 1. National Conference on Horti -Business Linking Farmers with Market from May 28-31, 2011, held at Dehradun, Uttarakhand.
  • 2. XI Agricultural Science Congress held at OUAT, Bhubaneswar, from 7-9 February 2013.
  • 3. National Symposium on ‘Abiotic and Biotic stress management in vegetable crops’ from 12-14 Apr 2014, held at IIVR, Varanasi.
  • 4. National conference on pre/post-Harvest losses and value addition in vegetables held at ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi from July 12-13, 2015.
  • 5. National Symposium on ‘Vegetable Legumes for Soil and Human Health’ held at ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi from Feb 12-14, 2016.
  • International (2)
  • 1. AZRA Silver Jubilee International Conference on ‘Probing Biosciences for food security and environmental safety’ from 16-18 February 2014, held at CRRI, Cuttack, India.
  • 2. 6th International Conference on ‘Plant, Pathogens and People’ held at New Delhi from Feb 23-27, 2016.
Presentations in conferences / symposia recognition
  • Oral presentation
  • Delivered Oral Presentation on ‘Bioprospecting of Trichoderma asperellum, a biocontrol agent from Pisum sativum L. ‘during the National Symposium on Vegetable Legumes for Soil and Human Health held at ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi from Feb 12-14, 2016.
  • Poster Presentation
  • A Poster on ‘Diversity of fungal pathogens associated with important vegetables’ was presented during the 6th International conference on Plant, Pathogens and People held at New Delhi from Feb 23-27, 2016.
Training manual
  • A.B. Rai, Neeraj Singh, S. Saha, Jaydeep Halder, M. Manjunath and P.S. Naik (2013). Integrated pest management in vegetable crops. Training manual No. 53. Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi. p. 169.
  • Chapters in Training manuals (3)
  • 1. M. Manjunath (2014) Relevance of microorganisms in the emerging paradigm of chemical free alternative agriculture. In: M. H. Kodandaram, V.Venkataravanappa, M. Loganathan and A.B. Rai (2014) Emerging trends in plant protection inputs and appliances for safe and quality vegetable production Traaining Manual No. 56, Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi. p. 85-89.
  • 2. M. Manjunath (2012) Microbial pesticides: An Overview In: Modern Approaches in Diagnostics and Management of Pest and Diseases in Vegetable Crops under Protected Conditions. 123-128
  • 3. M. Loganathan, M. Manjunath and A.B. Rai. Recent advances in methods of application of bioformulations: In training manual of ICAR sponsored winter school on ‘Harnessing the potential of biopesticides against pests and diseases; its implications in sustainable crop protection’. Organized by Department of Plant Pathology, Centre for Plant Protection Studies, TNAU, Coimbatore – 641 003
  • Trainings (3)
  • 1. Sensitization Training on “Bioinformatics and Computational Biology in Microbiological Research” held from January 29 to February 04, 2011 at ICAR-National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Microorganisms (NBAIM), Mau (U.P.) under Establishment of National Agricultural Bioinformatics Grid (NABG) in ICAR.
  • 2. National training course on Allele mining for abiotic stresses in vegetable crops from February 24 – March 8, 2012 held at ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Varanasi.
  • 3. Production protocol for bioagents and quality assessment and quality management of microbial biopesticides from December10-30, 2012 held at the National Institute of Plant Health Management, Hyderabad.
Membership in professional societies / bodies
  • 1. Life member, Indian Society of Vegetable Science, ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi.
  • 2. Life Member, Association for Promotion of Innovations in Vegetables (APIV), ICAR-IIVR, Varanasi.